148 S. Market St.
Wooster Ohio 44691United States
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One taste of a burger here is proof that you don't need to order a fancy meal to get something special.
The City Square Steakhouse is a decidedly modern, completely sophisticated steakhouse located in the heart of Wooster's historic district. An emphasis on fresh and local ingredients gives diners a true taste of Wooster. The menu offers both traditional steakhouse favorites (prime steaks, wedge salads and French onion soup) and more original fare (shrimp cocktail with vodka-ginger dipping sauce or truffle oil cheese fries). There are two different menus, a traditional dinner menu and a bar menu. Rumor has it that City Square serves a fabulous steak, and judging from the size of the Saturday night crowd, that's probably true. However, we weren't there for the steaks, we were there for the burgers. City Square has five burgers on its bar menu. Plan on paying between $8.50 and $9.75 for your burger (you'll have to add $1.50 for bacon). We tried both the mushroom-Swiss burger and the blue cheese burger. Both were cooked perfectly. The blue cheese burger was topped with delicately grilled onions, moist blue cheese chunks and mayonnaise. The mushroom-Swiss burger came with just enough mushrooms and onions smothered in perfectly melted Swiss cheese. The mushrooms were tender but not soggy or slimy. Both burgers were served on a bun (big enough to handle the burger without getting in the way of the meat. Consider adding bacon: It's the real deal and definitely worth it. Burgers come with fries and a pickle, and we recommend the upgrade to gourmet cheese fries (tossed in truffle oil and dusted with Parmesan). If youve tried this trend somewhere else and been underwhelmed, try it again here: It's delicious, not too greasy and with the perfect dusting of cheese. If you want more than an entree, try the hand-cut kettle chips served with chunks of blue cheese and a roasted-red-pepper dip as an appetizer. If you're feeling guilty about skipping your vegetables, order the field green salad. With dried cherries and walnuts, it's the perfect mix of savory and sweet and a great antidote to the heft of burgers and fries. Save room for City Square's version of bananas Foster, a caramelized-banana-topped sundae. Vanilla ice cream, caramelized banana, whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon create a light and completely irresistible dessert. The service at City Square Steakhouse was the perfect complement to the food. The staff was attentive without being overbearing. City Square Steakhouse is on the ground floor of a recently renovated historical brick building. It has the bones of a traditional steakhouse -- exposed brick walls, white table cloths, deep booths, vintage black-and-white photos hanging on the walls. But there are plenty of purposeful details -- the deep blue walls and the elegant wrought-iron wall sconce holding dozens of tea lights and irises -- that both soften that old-boys-club feel and give it a definite contemporary vibe. For all its swank, this place isn't at all stodgy. Instead it's perfectly casual. Guests will be equally comfortable dressed down in jeans or dressed up in cocktail attire.